Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var acephala
Common Name: Kale Red Russian
Seed Count: 120
Brassica oleracea var acephala, Kale Red Russian: Kale is a primitive vegetable from the Mediterranean area. Red Russian Kale has been known since 1885 and has become a very fashionable vegetable of recent times. Blue green leaves are tinged reddish, with purplish red veins. This hardy and easily grown vegetable is tender and sweet with a mild flavor and is very high in vitamin A. The young leaves can be used like lettuce in salad dishes. The older leaves can be cooked like cabbage and make a great winter vegetable. Vigorous plants 45-90cm. Mature plants frost hardy to –10 degrees C. 50-60 days.
Sow Kale seed direct into the garden when warm or start indoors 6 weeks before the expected last frost. Sow 2.5 cm deep and do not allow the soil to dry out. Germination usually takes 5-8 days. Plant out after the last frost leaving 50 cm between plants. Maturity is reached in 2 months, so you can succession sow to provide a continuous supply of young fresh leaves. Likes a well drained soil with a near neutral pH and a sunny location. Keep well watered.